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    March 10, 2014

    Twitter-Users: Muni Wants You to Drive a Bus

    Seeking people with good customer service skills to drive Muni buses and trains: @sfmta_muni-- Ed Reiskin (@EdReiskin) March 10, 2014 You! The one with his jaw agape while scrolling through his Twitter feed! Put that thing away and take your rightful place behind the wheel of ... More >>

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    January 22, 2014
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    November 27, 2013
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    October 30, 2013
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    October 21, 2013

    Cheng Jin Lai Identified as Cyclist Killed by Muni Bus

    San Francisco medical authorities say it was 78-year-old Cheng Jin Lai who was struck and killed by a Muni bus as he pedaled through the city's SOMA neighborhood on Friday. The incident happened at about 8:40 a.m. as Lai rode along Bryant and 11th streets. A 27-Bryant bus made a turn onto 11th Str ... More >>

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    August 21, 2013
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    August 2, 2013

    Muni Bus Catches on Fire

    The last time a blazing Muni bus made headlines was on Oct. 29, 2012, after the Giants won the World Series and unruly revelers set fire to the bus outside AT&T Park for only dumb reasons. Muni is cleaning up yet another incendiary scene this morning, this time in the Outer Richmond where a 38-Gear ... More >>

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    July 19, 2013

    Muni Stop Gets Tiki Makeover

    News about Muni ads, of late, has been monopolized by overbearing hard-liners on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian divide. Woe to he who forms his opinion of international politics based on a fleeting glimpse of a hyperbolic ad on the side of the 16X. And woe to the transit agency mandated to ta ... More >>

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    July 10, 2013
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    July 3, 2013

    BART Strike: Are Cycling Numbers Up?

    With BART still ensnared in a labor dispute, hard-working Bay Area commuters have been forced to take their yachts to work. That's why you're seeing so many more yachts tethered up in your building's yacht parking area. Many of you are also likely seeing more bikes in bike parking areas. Anecdotally ... More >>

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    June 26, 2013

    Muni Is Both Smearing for Uber and Shilling for it

    A crackdown in Los Angeles that included threats of arrest, car impoundings, and thousand-dollar fines made it a tough week to be an Uber or Lyft driver. But in San Francisco, there's a (dubious) silver lining. Rideshare services just garnered a rousing endorsement from one of their fiercest sworn e ... More >>

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    June 21, 2013

    Get Ready to Pay More to Park and Ride Muni

    Now might be a good time to ask your boss for that raise. Starting July 1, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority will increase its prices for parking violations and Muni monthly fares as a way to "keep up with rising costs" of doing business.

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    June 17, 2013

    Muni Hybrid Bus Feted at Press Conference Immediately Conks Out

    It's traditional to christen a ship with a bottle of champagne. Not so with a Muni bus. Smashing bottles is a no-no, as is foamy, yellow liquid on the amenities. Our city family today announced the introduction of 62 new biodiesel-electric hybrid buses, touting the graffiti-resistant surfaces and ea ... More >>

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    June 12, 2013

    Muni Trains Crash, 15 Hurt

    Update 1:18 p.m.: Muni Spokesman Paul Rose confirmed that 15 people were transported to the hospital with minor or moderate injuries, including seven school kids. Others were treated at the scene and released. Traffic is moving on Market Street again. Original Story 11:55 a.m.: Fire crews are at ... More >>

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    May 20, 2013

    Central Subway: Federal Overseer Laments "Serious Deficiency" in Time, Money Contingencies

    Federal officials "concerned that it has taken the Central Subway Project so long to address this serious deficiency." If time is, indeed, money, the Central Subway project is in double trouble. A recent report by an overseer monitoring the $1.6 billion federally funded project laments that the cont ... More >>

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    March 11, 2013

    "Islamophobic" Muni Ads Are Back on Buses

    Last year Muni came under fire, not only for being perpetually broke and late, but also for trying to plug some of its budget woes with pro-Israeli advertisements that suggested Palestinians were savages. At the time, Muni, which has a policy against running political ads on its buses, defended it ... More >>

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    February 27, 2013
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    February 20, 2013
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    February 19, 2013

    Eileen Barrett Identified as Elderly Woman Killed by Muni

    Medical authorities this morning identified the woman who was struck and killed by a Muni bus over the weekend as 72-year-old Eileen Barrett, a Daly City resident. According to Muni officials, Barrett was walking near Lake Merced at about 4:30 p.m. on Saturday when she was hit by a 18-46th Avenue b ... More >>

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    January 10, 2013

    Corporate Shuttle Crowds Out Muni Bus

    A bus rolling up to a bus stop is an event as mundane as pulling a rabbit out of a rabbit hutch. So it wasn't outwardly shocking when a dozen painfully cool people all of the same age group -- late 20s -- and outfitted in conspicuously tight and stylish clothing filed onto a bus this morning at Haye ... More >>

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    October 12, 2012

    Fire Rips Through West Portal, Muni Shut Down (Update)

    (Update 11:30 a.m.) Paul Rose, spokesman for Muni, tells us everything has cleared and Muni is back on track, literally. (Original story 7:47 a.m.): Firefighters are battling a four-alarm blaze in the city's West Portal neighborhood. The fire is blocking Muni from entering the West Portal Tunnel, ca ... More >>

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    October 10, 2012

    Muni Crash on Market Wasn't Actually a Hit and Run, Officials Say

    Earlier today, we read an amusing report about a Muni-on-Muni hit-and-run accident, where the bus driver purportedly crashed into a trolley car and fled the scene. If it seems a little hard to believe that a Muni driver would do this without getting caught, that's because it is. Muni officials confi ... More >>

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    September 7, 2012

    S.F. Unbeautifies Parking in the Richmond

    As if parking in the city wasn't depressing enough, the San Francisco MTA had to go ahead and make it even more cheerless. Transportation officials have reportedly uprooted the only pleasant thing about parking in the Richmond when they removed the vibrant bushes that had been attached to meters alo ... More >>

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    July 16, 2012

    Protesters Block Muni, Commuting Chaos Has Begun (Updated)

    Update (5 p.m.): The much -anticipated rally is finally happening. About 15 demonstrators have gathered at the Third Street Muni stop where they are listening to music and rapping in between a few speeches. It seems rather tame from what we can tell. Paul Rose, spokesman for Muni, says all trains ar ... More >>

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    July 5, 2012

    Central Subway: Opponents Claim Charter Violation Dooms Project

    In a potentially game-changing allegation, foes of the controversial Central Subway project claim the city is violating its own charter by moving forward to construct a station at Union Square without putting the matter up for a vote. The language -- which could possibly derail the $1.6 billion subw ... More >>

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    June 19, 2012

    San Francisco, FEMA Differ on How $5 Million Anti-Terror Grant Ended Up in the Ground

    Last month, the Chronicle published an eye-opening story alleging Muni squandered $37 million in anti-terror grants on cameras it largely wasn't using. Perhaps the most jarring allegation, however, is one that Muni quickly copped to -- it shunted $5 million in federal anti-terror money into rail rep ... More >>

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    June 8, 2012

    Man Struck by Muni Trolley on Market Street

    A  50-year-old man was taken to the hospital with minor injuries after he tried to board a moving Muni trolley along Market Street. Firefighters were called out to the intersection of Market and Seventh streets after the man reportedly tried to board the back of the F car as it was pulling away ... More >>

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    June 5, 2012

    Yep, More Muni Delays This Morning

    Yesterday wasn't a good day for Muni -- or anyone depending on it for a ride home. After a weeklong closure, the N-Judah was back on line yesterday morning, just long enough to break down due to a power outage. By late afternoon -- just in time for the evening commute -- another Muni fiasco struck d ... More >>

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    April 4, 2012
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    December 7, 2011

    Occupy SF to Reoccupy Justin Herman Plaza

    Lauren Smiley Round 2 ​Update (2:10 p.m.) Protesting makes you hungry, which is why Occupiers have taken their cause back to the Federal Reserve building where there's rumors of pizza on its way. After they regain their energy, the group is planning to reoccupy Just Herman Plaza later this evening ... More >>

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    September 21, 2011

    Tom Otterness Killed Dog, Got City Contracts. What if He Killed People?

    Did Muni give this guy money, too? ​It's almost impossible to stay rational when discussing the plight of dog-slaughtering artist Tom Otterness, who may or may not lose out on millions in city money due to his troubling past. That's because it's hard to conceive of a transgression that would provo ... More >>

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    August 17, 2011
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    June 24, 2011

    Muni Malfuntion Snarls Trains in Tunnel

    William PoorThis would have been faster. Much faster. ​And how's your Friday going? Slowly, if you're a purveyor of Muni. A malfunction with the system's signal loop -- which allows trains to enter automatic mode in the Metro Tunnel -- has led to snail-like trips in light-rail vehicles. Muni spoke ... More >>

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    April 20, 2011

    Man Stops Muni in Its Tracks

    Remember when those stranded Muni passengers grew so tired and hungry as they waited for a bus to arrive at Mission Rock that they started tossing rocks at the bus? We all get frustrated, even pissed at Muni -- but as you can see below, train delays are not always the transit agency's fault. Twitter ... More >>

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    April 15, 2011

    Muni Delays Won't Affect Evening Commute

    Back on track for tonight ​Here is a good way to start your weekend: No Muni delays. After nearly two hours of slow-moving service, Muni reports that all trains are running on time -- for now. At noon, there was a signal malfunction on trains running between South Van Ness and Church Street that c ... More >>

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    April 8, 2011

    Muni Driver Cusses Out Passenger, Shuts Train Door on Him

    supernivek/FlickrTell us how you really feel ... about Muni ​We all love to hate Muni. In fact, we spend more time lamenting the city's troubled transit agency than we do waiting for the next delayed train to arrive. And apparently this lack of love goes both ways. Police were called to the Muni s ... More >>

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    April 7, 2011

    Muni Operator Busted Texting While Driving Bus

    Crashes, doors flying open, drivers texting ... what's next?​Just the other day Muni made headlines after a train door randomly opened while the light rail flew through the Metro Tunnel. Already dubious about Muni safety, riders are now learning about a bus operator who was busted texting while be ... More >>

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    April 7, 2011

    Teens Get Off Muni, Shoot Man in BayView

    Brazen gunfire​An 18-year-old man was shot by a two teens as they got off of a Muni bus in the Baview District early Thursday morning in what police are calling an unusually brazen and disturbing shooting. Police told SF Weekly that the teens were riding the 44 bus when it came to a stop at Palou ... More >>

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    April 5, 2011

    Muni Fare Evaders Are Responsible for Budget Crisis

    Muni wants riders to pay their fair share​Today, the Examiner tells us about how Muni riders are still blatantly skipping out on paying their bus fare, which is costing the transit agency some $19 million in lost revenue. And to put that number into context, Muni's budget deficit this year is a st ... More >>

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    March 30, 2011

    Muni: Driving Up the Cost of Riding Transit

    I want my $2​Muni is kind of like that pesky paperboy in the movie Better Off Dead, who was relentlessly stalking Lane Meyer, demanding his $2. Muni alerted riders today that it, too, would be hitting up riders for another $2 starting this summer. So Fast Pass holders, brace yourselves. The "A" Fa ... More >>

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    March 29, 2011

    Clipper Card Query: Will Failing to Tag Your Monthly Pass Get You Dinged?

    Forget me not...​With paper Muni fast passes going the way of the whalebone corset come April 4, the beeps of accepted or rejected Clipper cards will grow ever more ubiquitous for train and bus passengers. Along with the cacophony, will a new, frustrating way to be dinged for fare evasion emerge? ... More >>

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    March 25, 2011

    eHow Tells San Francisco 'How' to Get Out of a Parking Ticket

    There is no getting out of this ... parking ticket ​While killing some time on the Internet, we recently came across a curious article from, providing a step-by-step guide on how to outsmart San Francisco's well-trained meter maids.Anyone who has been on the receiving end of a San Francis ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011

    Muni: Where Is the Money Going?

    Next stop: Central Subway ​Anyone who relies on Muni to get around town is already intimately familiar with its drawbacks -- late trains and questionable mechanics. And then there's scary factor -- stabbings, robberies, and crashing buses -- we're not being melodramatic. So we ask: How much is the ... More >>

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    March 2, 2011

    John Avalos Wants Central Subway Project to Hire Locals

    Local hiring is still an option, not an obligation​Update: Paul Rose, spokesman with the MTA, returned our call just now and said that the agency would not delay the bidding process. He pointed out that any delays could result in the loss of federal funding. Original Story, 2 p.m.: Yesterday, The ... More >>

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    January 25, 2011

    Richmond Blogger Proves Power of the Press

    Believe it or not, more service​It's not often that Muni gets good press. So here it goes. As the Examiner reports today, Richmond resident Aaron Kitashima was sick and tired of the crappy and non existent bus service along 48th Avenue. So he did what every pissed off person does -- he complained ... More >>

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    September 21, 2010

    Muni's Fare Gate Problems are Unique to San Francisco

    Michael RhodesMuni's new gates didn't cause problems elsewhere​Other American transit systems using fare gates essentially identical to Muni's have not been besieged by fare-hoppers able to outsmart the high-tech system with a wave of the hand, SF Weekly has learned. Muni has become the unwelcome ... More >>

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    September 2, 2010

    Muni Admits Ban on Ads 'Promoting Use of Firearms' May Be Illegal

    Has a Supreme Court ruling forced Muni to accept ads like this? ​Earlier this week, we reported on Muni pulling an about-face regarding ads advocating gun use -- faster than a speeding bullet. While the transit agency edited the guns out of ads for the cop comedy The Other Guys due to policies for ... More >>

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    August 13, 2010

    'The Other Guys' Movie Poster -- With Guns -- on Muni Due to Snafu

    This adheres to Muni rules...​Last week, SF Weekly noticed that the version of the movie poster for the Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg cop satire The Other Guys appearing in Muni stations had been disarmed. While the version plastered all over town features the male leads in faux-Hong Kong wire movie ... More >>

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    July 23, 2010

    Muni Mechanic Edmund King Busted, Charged in Transfer-Selling Sting

    ​The San Francisco Police Department today announced it netted Muni mechanic Edmund King in a sting operation targeting the theft of stolen and illegally resold late-night transfers. The July 15 sting culminated an operation initiated in March by the SFPD Muni task force; Along with King, who alle ... More >>

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